“Isaiah, I really thought when he moved inside you really saw the player that he definitely can be even more,” Hoke said. “With his instincts, he does have length and short-area quickness. He’s also instinctive and he’s physical in there. I thought when I saw him start playing inside, you could see his confidence grow. I thought he did a nice job.”
The nickel-back role is important in defensive coordinator Dean Pees’ attack.